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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

As Hillsborough schools expand the "bring your own device" program, students learn to protect themselves in the digital world.

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- It was 4:34 a.m. Sunday, and a ringing phone woke Sarasota resident John Ganas from a peaceful sleep. Given the hour, Ganas thought the call might be an emergency. In the dark, he st...

 

On both sides of Tampa Bay, tourists have been arriving in record numbers.

 

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Doom and gloom. Those words have parachuted into recent Lightning seasons like an unwanted house guest at the holidays. The Lightning, who dealt with the loss of Steve Stamkos to ...

 

CONCORD, N.H. - Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and...

 

CLEARWATER -- After a frenetic primary campaign between seven Republican candidates, the general election contest to replace retiring County Commissioner Susan Latvala has been a more low-key affair. ...

 

TAMPA -- They are the crown princes of saltwater aquariums, hovering in spectacular splendor, rich orange and white stripes; fins fanning out two or three times the size of their bodies. Lionfish are...

 

LOS ANGELES - The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend. "Gone Girl" was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt a...

 

ATLANTA - Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Penta...

 

TAMPA -- "Sex Ed," the movie, is full of surprises -- for the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, which apologized about renting out a school for the filming, and for some local teen actors ...

 
 

News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

After attempting to break into a Verizon Store in Coral Springs late Saturday night, a man led police on a 5-mile chase into Tamarac, where he crashed into a police cruiser and two cars, police said S...

 

An 8-year-old boy suffered hand injuries when he played with an illegal mortar in Lauderhill, a fire-rescue official said.

 

The question I used to hear the most was, "Do you miss sports?" But it's been nearly 13 years since I've covered a Dolphins game (thank goodness), so the question I hear most now is, "W...

 

It was a beautiful day to be on a boat and on an inaugural boat ride no less.

 

When retired Staff Sgt. Brian Mast was handed the keys to his new Parkland home, he felt an independence he had not experienced since before losing his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

 

It was a beautiful day to be on a boat and on an inaugural boat ride no less.

 

With the race for governor in a dead heat and more than half of Florida's voters likely to cast their ballots before Election Day, the contest could be won or lost by the time the polls open on Nov. 4...

 

Gov. Rick Scott criticized federal health authorities Friday and insisted they rev up preparations to handle potential Ebola cases in Florida.

 

Hollywood Police are circulating a composite sketch of a man suspected of trying to abduct a woman and a young girl in separate incidents.

 

A man who police say coerced a 9-year-old girl to expose her genitals while chatting online was arrested in a Fort Lauderdale hotel room, where he is accused of trading child pornography.

 
 

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